Elmvale 11: Victims of Illegal Recruitment

Elmvale 11 refers to the group of Filipino skilled workers who came to Canada last summer on promises of good jobs in Canada, but ended up working as modern-day slaves. They were victims of illegal recruitment.
The culprit here is a certain Imtazur Nasser Rahman who, according to report from TheStar.Com, charges as much as $18,000 for obtaining a work permit and $30,000 for Canadian permanent residency.

Rahman's client list is a long one.

Nurses and nannies from the Philippines, crane operators from Dubai, laborers from India and China – all desperate to come to Canada – sought out his services. All were willing to pay big bucks.

Rahman recently closed down his office at Yonge St. and Davisville Ave. His abandoned business records show the menu of prices; Rahman demanded as much as $18,000 for obtaining a work permit and $30,000 for Canadian permanent residency.[Source]

For Filipino Workers who are planning to work in Canada, please be reminded that there is no placement fee for Canada-bound Workers. Early this year, POEA has suspended the license of a local recruitment agency and initiated charges against its counterpart in Canada for collecting placement fees from applicants for jobs in Canada.

The case of Elmvale 11 is similar to that of Maple Leaf workers who have paid $10,000.00 just to get their jobs.

If you want to go to Canada as a Tourist, Student or a Temporary Worker,

You will have to submit an application for a Temporary Residents Visa at the Canadian Embassy.

Embassy address:

Levels 6-8, Tower 2
RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1200
PO Box 2098

Telephone : (02) 857-9000
Fax : (02) 843-1082 (02) 8579173

Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Consular Hours
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9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Immigration and Visa
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8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

You may apply direct to the Embassy, there are three types of Temporary residents Visa.

* Single-entry visa allows one entry only to Canada within the validity of the visa

* Multiple-entry visa allows unlimited entries to Canada within the validity of the visa.

* Transit visa allows for a short stop-over (maximum 48 hours) entry to Canada en route to another country. It can be granted for a single or multiple entries, depending on the applicant’s travel requirements. Example: If your return travel is also through Canada, you should request a transit visa valid for two entries.

The validity of a visa is determined by a visa officer. Single-entry visas are normally valid for six months, and multiple-entry visas may be valid for longer periods. The validity date is the period by which you may enter Canada. The decision to admit the foreign national, however, is made by the officer at the port of entry to Canada (airport or border crossing). The officer also determines the length of stay allowed.

Note that the Embassy cannot issue visas with a validity that exceeds the passport validity. If your passport will expire soon, you may wish to renew it before you apply for your visa.

You may want to visit the Citizenship and Immigration website to find out the forms and procedures that you should take in applying.

Based on our experience in processing tourist visa's, you should meet the following factors to get a higher percentage on getting your application approved.

* the applicant’s travel and identity documents;
* the reason for travel to Canada and the applicant’s contacts there;
* the applicant’s financial means for the trip;
* the applicant’s ties to his or her country of residence, including immigration status, employment and family ties;
* whether the applicant would be likely to leave Canada at the end of the authorized stay;
* the applicant’s health condition.

Should you have more questions or need help on your tourist visa application, you may email me at jaraneta@go2canada.com.

Article reference [cic.gc.ca and gatewaytocanada.com]


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